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Topic Title: Delay running a task when on computer startup
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Created On: 09/24/2017 09:58 PM
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 09/24/2017 09:58 PM
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Apprentice (20-49)

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Not sure if this option is available anywhere yet, but here is the problem:


We have a scheduled task to run at 2pm every single day.

When the computer is turned on in the morning, the task runs perfectly (because the computer is already on).

If the computer isn't already turned on at the scheduled time, the task hangs half way through because it is programmed to open an excel document, do some functions (which cause dialog boxes to open) and close it.  
As you are aware, when the computer first starts up, it tries to open and load all your programs that you have set which results in the interuption of the task which somehow manages to kick in while everything else is opening.

Is there a way to set a delay time for a task to initiate when the computer starts up so that it would give the PC a chance to fully load everything and be ready to run a task rather than trying to do it all at the same time ?  If there isn't a way, can I put a suggestion in to have it included in a future version ?


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 09/25/2017 09:08 AM
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Justin Aucoin

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We do not have a feature to delay the running of the steps until everything is fully loaded. We do have an existing feature request that would cover this. In the meanwhile, you can create a scheduled task to run a few minutes before 2pm that is set to logon interactively. The task can have no steps or be set to lock the machine. This will allow the system to be fully loaded for the 2pm task.

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